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I’m a mature Mixed Media Artist with a childlike addiction to experimentation and mess.
Many, many years ago … I was an art student studying lettering and design (with a specialisation in Calligraphy). I was taught the basic principles of Graphic Design together with the techniques and processes involved (no computers back then!). I learnt how to set type and use a simple printing machine.
When I left Art College, I worked briefly (about a year) for a Sign Company preparing designs for clients and drawing full size templates for approved designs. I drifted into general clerical work for many years, but continued my creative journey learning a variety of skills and working with a large assortment of materials (including Basic Silversmithing and Stone Setting).
Following the birth of my children, I became actively involved in teaching craft – initially to my own children, then at Toddler Group and Youth Clubs. At the same time I started exploring the creative potential of home computing.
More recently I took myself off to University and succeeded in attaining an upper second class degree in Digital Media (Video, CD-ROM, DVD, Web Design and Construction and Marketing). I learnt how to use Photoshop, Flash, Director, Avid, DVD Studio Pro and Toast!
Following my graduation I built my own business – teaching craft, computing, business and web design. In my spare time I honed my artistic skills, expanded my photographic knowledge, experimented and learned new software skills.
In January 2012 I sold my home of over twenty years and set off with my partner on a journey of discovery. The aim was to explore physical locations while also exploring ourselves. It was an amazing experience which has enabled us both to grow in many new ways.
My artistic practice over the last four years has been shaped by the diversity of the teachers whose classes and challenges I have participated in. This has allowed me to explore and become familiar with new techniques, mediums and concepts. I love the challenge of learning new ways of doing things.
In addition to maintaining and developing my own artistic practice, in 2012 I trained as a Reiki Practitioner and Teacher. More recently I spent two years completing an MA in Art Psychotherapy and I am currently working as both an Art Psychotherapist and a community artist.
I can’t imagine a time when I will ever stop learning – it’s so much fun!